The loss of a loved one can be devastating. Not only are you grieving, but you are left with a million things to do. Funeral planning, flowers, the search for black clothing and trying to simply get through the day. But what about what caused the death? Could someone else be responsible? If you’re a victim of wrongful loss, there are so many more questions to find answers for. What legal practice to call? Where do you begin? Let’s start with some basics.
What is wrongful loss?
Wrongful loss is the loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligence, misconduct or illegal actions. If the circumstances of the death of your loved one involved someone else, and might even be someone’s fault, you could have a wrongful loss case on your hands. If someone intentionally or unintentionally did something to hurt your loved one, you might need to look further into the case.
How do I know if I have suffered a wrongful loss?
Grieving has many stages, and it can be hard to know if someone involved in the loss of a family or friend broke the law. If they are directly responsible for your loved one’s death, you could be entitled to benefits as well as justice.
There are questions you can answer to find out if it’s a wrongful loss case. These questions may involve what the plaintiff (you) needs to prove in a case, including duty of care, breach of duty of care, and causation. If the person accused, or the defendant, owed the deceased (your loved one) a duty of care, then a breach in the duty of care must be found.
For example, if the defendant disobeyed a traffic law, such as running a red light, and the deceased died in the accident that resulted, that would be a breach in the duty of care. Causation must be proven as well to show that the breach directly caused the death.
How can I take the next step?
After reviewing all of the information, it’s time to decide if you think you may have a case. This part is difficult, and you may still question whether this is a wrongful death. Was it just an accident? Is there someone to blame? Do I even have enough proof? These questions can be burdening, and can make you want to give up.
Even so, you can still talk to someone. Contacting an attorney like the experts at Robinette Legal Group can help you determine if you have a case. They take the time to understand what you’re going through.
You don’t have to suffer alone
Death is, unfortunately, a part of life. We deal with it, whether we want to or not. Sometimes we see it coming, and other times we don’t. Sometimes accidents happen, and there’s not necessarily someone to blame. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Not every loss is a wrongful loss, but it is necessary to take the steps needed if injury is suspected.